Re: Serial cable question
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Although I agree with you that is best to have a real serial port in the computer instead of a USB to Serial Adapter, with todays computers that is something very hard; specially with consumer oriented market laptops. Now about my experience with the USB to Serial adapters has been that some work, some do not work well (or none at all).
Basically he just has to hope that his USB to Serial Adapter works. Seems that not all manufacturers implement the USB to Serial logic right to the full specs of the original serial. And just because you have a big brand name in the adapter, does not give any warranty that it will work. I have not worked with the belkin brand USB to Serial Adapters, but have heard of lots of amateur having problems with that model in specific with many things like TNC, Sound Card Adapters and/or Serial Programming interfaces with radios.
Another thing he has to make sure is to have the correct and latest driver of that USB to Serial Adapter to minimize chance of incompatibility with the radio.
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